Boy's leg broken following accident at fair

Aaron Krause • Aug 20, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Five-year-old Adam Blankenship's sixth birthday is approaching.

To celebrate, his family was planning a birthday party at Valley Beach.

His mother, Amber, was scheduled to vacation in New Jersey soon, to celebrate her 10-year high school reunion.

It was to be a happy time for the family for a change. Adam, who has a bleeding disorder, has endured 10 surgeries to fix both his legs due to his thrombocytopenia-absent radius (TAR) syndrome.

Unfortunately for the family, the celebrations had to be at least postponed due to an incident that occurred Tuesday at the Huron County Fair.

Amber and Adam were in line for a ride designed for small children about 7 p.m. Tuesday when a ride company employee hustling through the area accidentally tripped over the little boy and, in the process, stepped on his leg, according to the mother.

Amber said the employee did not respond, perhaps because he didn't speak English well.

Adam started screaming.

Amber picked him up, saw a fire truck and carried her son there as fast as she could.

An emergency responder called an ambulance, which whisked the boy to Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

A test revealed his tibia was broken in three places.

"His leg is going to have to be put back together," said Amber, who stressed she's not out for revenge and realizes it was an accident. However, she said she feels it was careless on the part of the employee, whom she said was hustling through an area with small children.

Adam will need to go to Akron Children's Hospital on Friday for yet another operation.

"He's fine. He's on a lot of pain medicine. He's dealing with it," said Amber, who didn't sound frustrated or angry during a phone interview.

"I'm not trying to sue anybody," she said, adding she's holding nothing against the Huron County Fair, which has been good to her family.

Still, she said she's frustrated and irritated and wants the company's employees to take more responsibility during such situations.

"Any parent is going to be angry," she said. "I feel bad for him," knowing her son will have to start school in a wheelchair.

Amber said she has medical insurance for her son, but isn't sure what it's going to cover. Redoing Adam's leg won't be easy, she added.

"I just want them to understand they have to be responsible for what happened, it's their employees," she said. "It's frustrating."

The owner for the company, Wintersville-based Bates Brothers Amusements, declined to comment, saying she had not heard about the situation.

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